1995 Ford Fiesta Azura 1.1i from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A fun, cheap and reliable car that keeps on going!

Faults:

Replaced alternator at 55,000 miles.

Sills starting to rust.

General Comments:

Very easy to drive, comfortable car for a very cheap price.

Not at all quick, but extremely good fuel economy (40+ mpg all of the time). Great fun to drive - has loads more character than most modern cars I have driven.

Nothing apart from the alternator has ever let me down - not bad for a 12 year old car! Solid as a rock, even on long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2007

1995 Ford Fiesta Finesse 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Cheap little runaround with no frills

Faults:

New exhaust required at 70,000 miles.

Problems with power steering, requiring a new belt.

Fan belt seems to need adjusting every 6000 miles or it starts squealing.

Front shock absorbers very spongy.

General Comments:

Seriously econimcal, can do 450 mile on a tank, which even in the UK only costs £35 to fill.

Very noisy engine especially on the motorway.

Cabin has a lot of squeaks and rattles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2007

1995 Ford Fiesta Classic Quartz 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Excellent first time car if you can keep it working

Faults:

Automatic choke broke - car would die silently unless the revs were kept up at 45k miles. (Never fixed)

Clutch needed replacing at 45k miles. (£120)

Fan belt. (nothing major) (£30)

Front wheel bearings went at 49k miles (£55 each)

Entire rear brake system needed to be replaced at 50k miles (£190)

General Comments:

This was my first car and initially I was very happy with it. A cheap little banger that is cheap to insure.

The car can reach 40 mph with great ease, and feels fun to that point to the newly-passed.

Beyond 40mph the car is painfully slow on acceleration. Once up to 70 mph it can handle the motorway, but if your against the wind I struggled to get over 60 mph.

The wheel bearings wore out at virtually the same time. I didn't hit anything, so I can only presume wear and tear.

Cornering is actually quite fun at speed - but not advised.

Security is either a major risk or not one at all. I live in a bad area yet my car has never had unwanted attention. If they wanted to break into it the steering wheel lock wouldn't stop them - but they must realise that were the police to spot them - they would never escape. The dodgy choke would make things difficult anyways.

The cabin felt cramped initially, but soon I came to love it. The space inside is actually pretty great (I'm 6' 1") but by far the greatest advantage to the new driver is the visibility.

You can see everything around the car, especially the front. A lot of new drivers would avoid a lot of rear ending if they could see their own car.

Parking is a dream when you get used to the lack of power steering.

Boot space is more than adequate and I have easily fitted the weeks shopping and a load of tools in there.

Fuel economy is a respectable 40 mpg in city and about 50 mpg on motorway. Can't complain.

One final note is that the standard speakers are loud. Quite necessary due to road noise.

Unreliable however great fun to drive when it works. Get it up to 70 mph and you get the distinct feeling that you really are pushing the car to the edge - which is quite fun when you eventually get there. Do a thorough check over the car to avoid unwanted reliability issues, but if the boxes are ticked, superb first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd November, 2006

29th Nov 2006, 14:13

That's all fair wear and tear on an 11 year old car, although at least you're being realistic about it.

One thing though - all petrol Fiestas of this age would have been fuel injected, so whatever your stalling problem is, it wasn't the automatic choke, because fuel injected cars don't have chokes.